Our seventh show at Madame Wong’s West and we finally worked our way up to headliner in the coveted upstairs room, albeit it was a Thursday night. Thursdays were busy in the L.A. rock club scene, thanks to all those customers who don’t care how they look or feel when they drag themselves into work and for those lucky bastards who don’t have to work on Fridays… or at all. Anyway, for whatever reason, they made our night.
We were sharing the upstairs stage with two other bands, “Tragic Romance” and “Section 8”.
Section 8 was a punk band from Ottawa Canada. They recorded an album called “Unstable World” but was never released because they say, “the studio lost the two inch masters”… well I suppose that sometimes the dog does eat the homework?
Tragic Romance was a local band with a CD release for sale on FNM records called “Hollywood Daze”. Formed in late 1987 in Los Angeles, CA. they were definitely part of the “big-hair”-“sleaze rock”- “Hollywood glam” scene. In mid ’93 Tragic Romance signed with the metal label CENTURY MEDIA who released a live CD entitled “Cancel the Future” which garnered great critical praise, and some college airplay but in the music business, it’s easy come and easy go and the band was left to wither due to lack of record company support.
In the less prestigious “downstairs room” at Wong’s a friend of mine was playing in a rock/funk band called “Tongue Dance”. Justine Kaye played bass and had been in Tongue dance for many years. Tongue Dance were veterans of the underground club scene in the L.A. circuit. Her band was tight and polished.
They, like many never landed the elusive record deal.
We had a good show this night with Marty on keyboards. Next up, we had a gig at the hip and happening FM station in N. Hollywood and then back to the Sunset Strip in W. Hollywood to perform at the world famous ROXY THEATER.